(Closed) Suggestions needed for afternoon reception :)

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
7586 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@missmouse29: How about a pasta dish? for instance you can do lasagna rolls. It’s simple and cheap and if instead of laying out the pasta in big dish, you can actually put the stuffing into one thing of curly pasta and roll it up so that it’s good for individual servings. Kind of Like this (this was a chicken gorgonzola and spinach one I made)…

Post # 4
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You could do something like pork tenderloin on rolls.  You can get good quality pork at costco and the small, soft, yeast rolls.  Always yummy.

We are also having an afternoon reception (11:30-3:00) and our menu consists of: mustard rubbed pork tenderloin on yeast rolls, chicken salad stuffed cherry tomatoes, grilled vegetable crudite, assorted cheeses (what type will be determined by the caterer as she shops), fruit kabobs, spanikopita (greek spinach pie), baklava, pinwheels (2 different kinds), wedding cupcakes & other assorted desserts.

Post # 5
47202 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For me, menu suggestions depend on whether or not there will be seating for everyone. Some things are just too messy and difficult to eat standing up.

ETA Will it be clear to the guests to expect this much food mid-afternoon? Most guests will eat lunch before the ceremony, so I’m thinking you already have more than enough food.


Post # 7
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I actually think you have more than enough food (we had an afternoon wedding and ended up with TONS of leftovers – and our attendance was what we told the caterer).

If you do want to add something, how about stuffed red/new potatoes? It would be something bite-sized and a bit heavier (plus it might be nice to offer a warm veggie).

Post # 8
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

How about sliders or a mash potato bar?

Post # 9
241 posts
Helper bee

a pasta? mac n cheese or baked ziti are easy to make.

Post # 10
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

How about lasagne? You can make it in advance and freeze it, then pull it out and cook it for the big day. Since you’re self-catering, that’s a real plus. You can do meat and vegetarian.

Also, consider a risotto.

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